Labour Market Impact Assessment

Changes to Labour Market Impact Assessment Recruiting Requirements (UPDATED)

Posted in Featured, Labour Market Impact Assessment, Temporary Work Permits on Jul 28, 2017

Employment and Social Development Canada has announced a number of changes the requirements for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications submitted on or after August 28th, 2017. As Such recruiting efforts must generally run for four weeks, any new recruiting effort should consider these requirements.

The changes are as follows:

1. Mandatory Use of National Job Bank: Provinces such as BC, Saskatchewan, and Quebec have provincial employment portals. In the past, LMIAs based on positions in these provinces were required to used these provincial Job Banks instead of the national one. Th...

Work Permit Exemptions and Facilitation under the Global Skills Strategy

Posted in International Mobility Program, Labour Market Impact Assessment, Labour Mobility, Temporary Work Permits on Jun 15, 2017

The Government of Canada has announced the details of the newly implemented Global Skills Strategy (GSS). The GSS is an effort involving two departments that work separately on the admission of foreign nationals to work in Canada, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). IRCC is offering work permit exemptions to certain classes of short term work in Canada and two-week (10 business day) processing of certain classes of work permit applications through a Dedicated Service Channel; ESDC is offering a new stream of application in the...

Service Canada may Refuse to Process Certain LMIA Applications in Alberta

Posted in Labour Market Impact Assessment on Apr 20, 2017

Employment and Social Development Canada has announced a list of twenty-nine high wage occupations that have been added to a list of occupations that Service Canada may refuse to process. The occupations, which center around the construction industry, have been selected on the basis of a determination that there is ample labour supply in the province and in Canada, in general. This supplements the government's previous directive to process certain occupations in the Food Services and Retail Trade sectors in which regional unemployment rates are in excess of 6%.

The list of occupations that hav...

Labour Market Impact Assessment Wage Classification Changes

Posted in Labour Market Impact Assessment, Temporary Work Permits on Apr 07, 2017

The Government of Canada has announced changes to the regional (province or territory) median wages that will be used to determine application classifications as of April 29 2017. Work in Canada at or above the median wage are subject to applications through the High-Wage Stream, whereas occupations below that figure are subject to the Low-Wage Stream and therefore caps on the number of allowable foreign workers.

On average, there is an increase of 31 cents per hour across the country. The specific breakdown of increase/decrease and the median wage as of April 29 are stated below:

Alberta: +$0...

Clarification of Provisions for Fishing Guides on Border Lakes

Posted in Labour Market Impact Assessment, Temporary Work Permits on Mar 09, 2017

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada has published clarification concerning admissibility and work permit issuance for fishing guides on border lakes between Canada and the USA. Such guides do not fall under the NAFTA Treaty, but are instead categorized under provisions allowing for the creation and maintenance of reciprocal employment opportunities for Canadians.

Based on the assumption that Canadian fishing guides working on border lakes are allowed similar facilitation, Canada allows for the issuance of seasonal work permits to US fishing guides working on border lakes (i.e., lakes t...

New LMIA Advertising Requirements

Posted in Labour Market Impact Assessment, Temporary Work Permits on Jan 18, 2017

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has modified the advertising requirements needed to demonstrate a satisfactory recruiting effort for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications. Newly added requirements are the inclusion of the language needed to do the work and the inclusion of incremental raises, performance pay or bonuses in the wages offered for the position.

The 2014 overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program made the use of languages other than English or French (i.e., the official languages of Canada) more restrictive. Those changes demanded a detailed rati...

Elimination of Four Year Work Permit Limit

Posted in Labour Market Impact Assessment, Labour Mobility, Temporary Work Permits on Dec 14, 2016

The Government of Canada has today announced that the four year cumulative duration limitation to certain classes of work permit has been eliminated. These provisions of cumulative duration would previously preclude the extension of most NOC B, C, and D (those occupations other than Senior Management and Professionals) to a maximum total stay of four years in Canada with a work permit, after which the individual would have to be absent for a period of 48 months before being able to receive a work permit once more.

The removal of this limitation means that any occupation is now eligible for ong...

Changes to LMIA Advertising Requirement of Owner/Operators

Posted in Labour Market Impact Assessment on Aug 29, 2016

As a general rule, in the context of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application, evidence of a satisfactory Canadian recruitment strategy is needed to satisfy Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) that there is a shortage of Canadians eligible for a specific position of employment. However, there are situations in which exemptions exist. One example of an exemption is for Owner/Operators of a business in Canada. ESDC has recently changed the definition of this exemption following a period of re-assessment.

Previously, the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) needed to be consider...